Anomaly

[ɐnˈɒməlɪ], [ɐnˈɒməlɪ], [ɐ_n_ˈɒ_m_ə_l_ɪ]

Definitions of anomaly:

  1.   a person who is unusual
  2.   Any deviation from the essential characteristics of a specific type.
  3.   Anything unusual or irregular or contrary to the general rule.
  4.   Irregularity; a departure from the common rule.
  5.   That which is anomalous.
  6.   The angle measuring apparent irregularities in the motion of a planet.
  7.   ( astronomy) position of a planet as defined by its angular distance from its perihelion ( as observed from the sun)
  8.   deviation from the normal or common order or form or rule
  9.   A turning from the natural order; anything that deviates from the common rule.
  10.   Irregularity; anything abnormal.
  11.   Any departure from the type characteristics.
  12.   The angular distance of a planet from its perihelion, as seen from the sun. This is the true anomaly. The eccentric anomaly is a corresponding angle at the center of the elliptic orbit of the planet. The mean anomaly is what the anomaly would be if the planet's angular motion were uniform.
  13.   Irregularity: deviation from rule.
  14.   Deviation from the common rule; an irregularity; anything anomalous.
  15.   Irregularity; deviation from rule; the angular distance of a planet from its perihelion; an irregularity in a planet's motion; slight deviation from a perfect interval.

Antonyms for anomaly:

norm, standard, sample, usual, par, average, specimen, commonplace, normal, ordinary.


Quotes for anomaly:

  1. We still think of a powerful man as a born leader and a powerful woman as an anomaly – Margaret Atwood
  2. Poverty is an anomaly to rich people; it is very difficult to make out why people who want dinner do not ring the bell. – Walter Bagehot
  3. And it's sad because it's like a surprise to people- almost an anomaly when artists are actually refined and trained on an instrument. That's the last thing people think about. – Vanessa Carlton
  4. Through every rift of discovery some seeming anomaly drops out of the darkness, and falls, as a golden link into the great chain of order. – Edwin Hubbel Chapin
  5. As the existence of a corps of professors of mathematics is peculiar to our navy, as well as an apparent, perhaps a real, anomaly some account of it may be of interest. – Simon Newcomb
  6. A Republic without parties is a complete anomaly The histories of all popular governments show absurd is the idea of their attempting to exist without parties. – Franklin Pierce
  7. I'd never been to a prom, I had never had the whole high school experience. I think I was kind of an anomaly I don't think they knew where to put me. – Alicia Witt

Usage examples for anomaly:

  1. The Anomaly went directly, and gazed into Little's face for some time. ” – Put Yourself in His Place by Charles Reade
  2. The anomaly every day presented, of the young person who, knowing nothing, feeling nothing, and having nothing to communicate except the desire of communication, nevertheless rushes upon the stage, is felt to be absurd. ” – Shadows of the Stage by William Winter
  3. In proportion as they ceased to do these things, the burden of their privileges appeared more oppressive, and their existence became an anomaly in proportion as they ceased to do these things." ” – The Ancien Regime by Charles Kingsley
  4. Larry was discovering that he was something of an anomaly – Mount Music by E. Oe. Somerville and Martin Ross
  5. The anomaly is sad, but it is not infrequent. ” – Entire PG Edition of The Works of William Dean Howells by William Dean Howells
  6. Indeed, a deep mourning- dress at such a place is an unpleasant anomaly – Manners and Social Usages by Mrs. John M. E. W. Sherwood
  7. The anomaly puzzled her. ” – The Fourth R by George Oliver Smith
  8. What an anomaly he was! ” – A Red Wallflower by Susan Warner
  9. “ Darwin, therefore, meets the evident anomaly by suggesting that the European species are supposed to possess some advantages as colonisers. ” – The History of the European Fauna by R. F. Scharff
  10. Long ago I touched lightly on the anomaly of Althea's character- her mid- Victorian sentimentality and softness, combined with her modern spirit of independence. ” – The Red Planet by William J. Locke
  11. “ I pointed out this anomaly over and over again, and long before the war I described it in review articles. ” – England and Germany by Emile Joseph Dillon
  12. In the Carnia and on the Upper Isonzo one finds the anomaly of first- line trenches which are perfectly safe from attack. ” – Italy at War and the Allies in the West by E. Alexander Powell
  13. But let us say no more about that: a midshipman with the prospect of eight thousand pounds a year is an anomaly which the service cannot admit, especially when that midshipman is resolved to take to himself a wife. ” – Mr. Midshipman Easy by Captain Frederick Marryat
  14. The anomaly need not surprise us. ” – The Framework of Home Rule by Erskine Childers
  15. “ They're the greatest anomaly of our legal system. ” – Malcolm Sage, Detective by Herbert George Jenkins
  16. There is besides another anomaly of the social system in the town of Ghat. ” – Travels in the Great Desert of Sahara, in the Years of 1845 and 1846 by James Richardson
  17. Seeing that Stransky was only a private, the officer frowned at the anomaly when a lieutenant was present, then smiled in a way that accorded the company parliamentary rights, which he thought that they had fully earned. ” – The Last Shot by Frederick Palmer
  18. Leo declared that a female reign was an anomaly and an abomination, and took upon himself the onus of ending it, so far as Italy was concerned, by creating a new emperor of the West. ” – The Byzantine Empire by Charles William Chadwick Oman
  19. The explanation of this anomaly is that a marriage- flight is absolutely necessary with these species, and the males require great strength and size in order to carry the females through the air. ” – The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex, Vol. I (1st edition) by Charles Darwin
  20. This fruit is a perfect anomaly – Eight Years' Wandering in Ceylon by Samuel White Baker

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